It was the International Day of Happiness on March 20th, so I hope you are happy! And for those who seek some advice, read again my article happiness.html.
Me, if there is anything that fills me with joy, it’s shoes hahaha.
I already told you about my passion for shoes, and the ones I wore for my solo wedding in Santorini in my article shoes-forever.html.
So, you aren’t surprised that today I’ll tell you about one of the most renowned designers: Manolo Blahnik.
His shoes are all handmade in Italy and require 50 different steps.
Manuel Blahnik Rodríguez, a 76 years old Spanish stylist, was born and raised in the Canary Islands, in Santa Cruz de la Palma, before studying in Switzerland and Paris, then settling in England .
The Art of Shoes (El arte del zapato) in association with Vogue Spain, at the Museum of Decorative Arts of Madrid, traced its career, its major creations and its various collaborations, with 212 shoes and 80 original drawings from the personal collection from Manolo Blahnik.
I attended a lot of exhibitions in Madrid last year, as I already mentioned several times on the blog:
This exhibition is without a doubt one of my favourites because it highlights all the genius and inspiration of this designer with unparalleled imagination. Whether materials, textures, shapes or colours, everything invites to travel and a universe without limit ...
He’s also very inspired by nature, corals, flowers, fruits. The model Ivy drew attention in 1973, green sandals created for the fashion show of the English designer Ossie Clark. Shortly after, Manolo Blahnik opened his first store in London.
There’s a word that transpires in all these creations, this is elegance. No wonder he's one of my favourite designers.
And when shoes become jewels ...
It’s therefore not surprising that he collaborated with Sofia Coppola for her movie Marie Antoinette. And yes, the beautiful shoes of the Queen, it's him! You’ll find the video at the end of the article.
Feel free to change shoes to get off to a good start! 😉
Have a good week!
Love & Shoes,
One of my friends has just had laser vision correction, so it reminded me of memories, and I congratulate her!!
I travel for lots of reasons and you’ve already read a lot about it, especially with the article my-favourite-animals.html.
However, the reason why I’ve been to Montreal is very different. In the past 2 years, I’ve been dedicated to accomplishing personal goals. Too many things that I left unfinished for lack of time or motivation.
The laser eye surgery to get rid of my myopia was on my list and it was done in 2017.
Friends advised me to go to a well-known clinic, Lasik MD which is everywhere in Canada including Montreal. I had never been to Canada before, and I really wanted to discover this country. With cheaper rates than in Europe, the difference allowed me to pay a week's holiday there. I didn’t need more to make me cross an ocean...
From my first phone call for information, then to making appointments and tests, and finally to surgery, everything was perfect. The staff at Lasik MD Montreal was very friendly and professional, they almost made me forget that I was there for a laser procedure, especially when the surgeon hugged me after the surgery to tell me that everything had gone well.
An impeccable organisation thanks to a very accessible team, which allowed me to complete everything in four days! My preoperative consultation took place on Tuesday, the laser correction on Wednesday, a last check on Friday and on Saturday I could fly back to Europe. Hard to be more efficient.
I had already consulted before but like many people I was a bit afraid, and I kept postponing. I regret not having done it earlier, there was no fear to have, the operation only lasts a few minutes, and the world is so much more beautiful without eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Between us, I didn’t find the operation pleasant, let's be clear, it's a bit like going to the dentist, it doesn’t necessarily hurt but it's uncomfortable. The two hours that followed were painful for me, a burning sensation that prevented me from opening my eyes but that's it. I had no other inconvenience or complication. It’s definitely worth doing.
The next day, I saw life as I hadn’t seen it for 25 years, and I had already forgotten what I looked like with eyeglasses!
The icing on the cake was obviously to discover Montreal, a cosmopolitan city, vibrant and friendly, with a hundred festivals a year, many exhibitions and great museums ...
Remember, I already told you about this city for Jean-Paul Gaultier's exhibition (Article fashion-exhibitions.html) and Barbie Expo (Article barbie-exhibition.html).
I enjoyed my stay there, a cross between the United States and Europe, a mix of history and modernity, but where they speak both English and French. Montreal is part of the province of Quebec where French is the official language. It’s the second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris.
Last week I told you that you couldn’t die of thirst in Santorini (Article wine-in-santorini.html), actually in Montreal either, given the number of bars, pubs and clubs in the city. But above all, you can’t starve!
I highly recommend trying poutine, a typical Québécois specialty prepared with French fries, cheese curds and a brown gravy. This is the classic recipe, but many restaurants have created more, such as La Banquise which now serves about 30 different recipes ...
The smoked meat sandwich from Schwartz’s, an institution in Montreal, created in 1928. Expect to queue in the street before to get a table.
Don’t forget pancakes and maple syrup!! Some shops offer maple syrup tasting, take the opportunity to discover the different kinds.
And many more, bagels, crêpes…
After so much food, a walk is recommended, again the choice is not lacking, whether in the beautiful park of Mount Royal or along the St. Lawrence River.
This city was discovered by Jacques Cartier in 1535, a mountain he named Mont-Royal, that's where Montreal comes from. It is now Canadian second biggest city after Toronto, with more than 1.7 million people.
Here time stops, we relax, we breathe and we enjoy!
Montreal was a wonderful experience, as much as one from a personal and cultural point of view. This city is full of energy, no wonder it was voted the best student city in the world in 2017.
Shortly after, I took the plane to realise an even bigger dream, the freezing of my eggs in Madrid (Reread Article gift-from-science.html).
Now your turn to make your dreams come true...
Have a good week!
Love & Dream,
Haute Couture fashion week has just ended in Paris, I was obviously very inspired for this new article.
Last week, I spoke about Jean-Paul Gaultier's exhibition Love is Love, a retrospective of these bridal outfits (Link Article fashion-exhibitions.html) which started in Montreal (Canada).
Montreal which is full of fantastic museums, a city that I’ll show you soon.
However, for today, back to childhood, something that everybody knows but with a little twist.
I would like to dedicate this article to my youngest follower, Olivia, who will turn 10 years old this year.
This is the largest permanent Barbie Haute Couture collection, more than 1,000 dolls dressed by the greatest designers in the world: Barbie Expo, in the heart of Montréal.
And let's start with the brides, who knows maybe my solo wedding in Santorini will inspire Barbie one day (Article my-solo-wedding-behind-the-scenes.html) ...
Barbie will be celebrating her 60th birthday in March, I would like to age as well as she does. And yes since 1959, the famous doll inspired millions of children.
She also inspired brands, Barbie, 11½-inch tall is surely the smallest fashion model in the world.
But also, movies, shows and celebrities inspired her.
Many designers have created unique outfits for her, including me and not always to her advantage hahaha.
This great exhibition reminds us of history and geography too:
Barbie is all about a magical world where imagination has no limit ...
Note that this exhibition is completely free and that all donations are donated to the Association Make a Wish Quebec.
And to discover more, here is the website of Barbie expo: expobarbie.ca/en/
Short story: a girlfriend offered me my first Barbie for my 6th birthday, and a very special one, Barbie Dream Glow, whose stars on her dress shine in the dark. One of my best memories. It's as if today my friends offered me a pair of Louboutin! The lesson that I learnt then, choose well your friends! Lesson I have obviously forgotten on the way, since no one offered me some Louboutin hahaha.
No article next week, I'll be travelling to find other interesting topics for you. And for those who are not fashion fans, I promise, the next article will be on a very mouthwatering topic! But I don't tell you more ...
Have a lovely week end!
Love & Joy,
Change of scenery this week, after making you travelled (Last Article crete-episode-2.html ), I’m going to amaze you with the exceptional haute couture creations of two great French names please, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Balmain.
The French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier collaborated again in 2017 with the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, to create a remarkable exhibition, which I had the chance to attend in Montreal (Canada).
This is a retrospective of Jean-Paul Gaultier's incredible wedding outfits from 1990 to 2017, 36 dresses and wedding clothes spread over and around a gigantic wedding cake.
My solo wedding in Santorini had already taken place (Article my-solo-wedding.html) when I discovered this exhibition, but it definitely gives me some inspiration for a possible next time, who knows?
This exhibition called LOVE IS LOVE, inspired by the speech of Barak Obama of June 26, 2015 during the legalisation of same-sex marriage in all the American States, is a new demonstration of the commitment of Jean-Paul Gaultier in favour of marriage for all. Commitment that I share, read or reread my article on marriage and parenting for all superwomen-3.html.
In this continuity, in 2018, the Centro Cultural Kirchner of Buenos Aires (Argentina) had the chance to display this exhibition. Argentina was the first country in Latin America to recognise same-sex marriage in 2010.
Hope that in a near future this exhibition will be in your country ...
In the meantime, you will notice all the incredible details of these sartorial wonders.
For those who want to know more about Jean-Paul Gaultier, don’t miss Fashion Freak Show at the Folies Bergères in Paris, show imagined by the fashion designer and which traces his life. Note the exceptional participation of Dita Von Teese from 22 to 27 January 2019.
After making women dream, another exhibition that should be more interesting to these gentlemen. The Victoria's Secret exhibition of the 2017 Punk Angel show with the collaboration of Olivier Rousteing, Artistic Director of Balmain since 2011.
To feel really good about yourself, a comfortable or a sexy lingerie (even both), is essential. And when all this is highlighted by a renowned fashion designer, we feel like an angel ...
Here again a lot of details in the accessories. One wonders where these creators find so much inspiration ... The answer in a video 😉
I hope you liked this fashion article,
Good weekend to all!
Love & Joy,
Meta ta Mesanyxta 'After Midnight' with Eleonora Meleti on Alpha TV, Athens
Three years ago, when my ex-fiancé and I chose Greece to celebrate our wedding, I never thought how important this place would be to my heart.
From now on, this country is associated with my solo wedding in Santorini and my rebirth (Read previous article 1st-anniversary.html)
A few days ago, I was invited to a TV show on the biggest Greek channel. On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, thousands of viewers discovered me.
I wanted to share this special moment of my life, so here is this extraordinary day told step by step:
1 / I am not a morning person and waking up early is a torture. Nevertheless, I can get up without being grumpy for 2 reasons, whether I travel or work on my blog. This time, I get up at dawn for these 2 reasons!
2 / Head in the clouds, I fly to Athens.
Athens, which means the city of Athena, Goddess of Reason, Prudence, Military Strategy and Wisdom. What a highly symbolic place for my first TV show! I couldn’t wish a better place.
3 / I’ve asked what I had to wear for the occasion and was told: something comfortable for a late night show. Obviously, I’m very used to this kind of event, I do this every day, I knew immediately what to wear (ironic) - finally, after having tried all my wardrobe!
I finally opted for a romantic, elegant and feminine outfit.
Dress and belt: Promod
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. by Elsa Peretti
Hairstyle: Un Brin de Jenny
4 / I am picked up at my hotel to go to the studio. Very different from French studios which are very accessible in the middle of cities. This Alpha studio is very isolated and well guarded.
I go directly to makeup where other guests are already there, and also the translator for my interview.
A matte base, zero shine and nervousness that starts to rise even if my smile doesn’t show anything ...
5 / That's it, it's time, I discover the studio set
Many people, cameras, screens, and Eleonora, the presenter, who sees me and immediately comes to meet me. She is charming and very smiling, she puts me at ease instantly. Eleonora Meleti is a well-known and popular journalist in Greece.
Everyone on the set is adorable, they come to greet me, support me. There is even a half Greek Frenchman. The atmosphere is very relaxed.
They explain the process, install me and adjust my microphone, I take a deep breath and concentrate.
Making my first TV appearance was certainly not something I was prepared for. Especially when it comes to 30 minutes of interview. And to make the exercise worse, because as you know I don’t like when it’s simple, Eleonora was addressing me in Greek, the translation was given to me in English, so I answered in English making sure I was looking at my hostess, while the translator translated into Greek instantly. You’ve followed?? Because even me, I’m lost hahaha. So, in summary, my brain heard Greek and English at the same time and I had to try to answer without always remembering the questions!
But I think that watching the video doesn’t need any comment, my interview starts from the 36th minute, unfortunately it’s in Greek, the subtitles are not yet available, however there is a nice video at the beginning (Photo Credit: Alexander Hadji)
You can find all the videos of the show on Alpha TV website:
Greece, the country of my solo wedding, and where so many people have shown so much interest, support and love for my story. I feel good in Greece...
I’ve received even more sympathy after the show, and some people recognised me in the streets of Athens.
Thanks again to Eleonora Meleti, Sotiris Skouloudis, the whole team of Meta ta Mesanyxta and Alpha TV.
6 / Return to the hotel and I admit that it’s difficult to regain my senses. So much excitement and emotions in such a short time ...
7 / Of course I couldn’t leave Athens without going for a walk and relaxing with my friends. Above all, I couldn’t let you without having made you discover this beautiful city! And all my favourite addresses will be in a future article dedicated to this city.
To conclude, a song by P!nk that I particularly like, and which says: I will never surrender, there is nothing but a victory! Well, it could be Athena's words, couldn't it?
Some people dream of a wall of shoes, my dream is to have hats and fascinators displayed in a glass cabinet!
I’ve already talked about my shoe collection shoes-forever.html but another of my addictions concerns hats.
I’m not talking about casual headgear but about these works of art made by hand in delicate fabrics, those that we see at royal weddings, at racecourses and other official ceremonies.
I lived a long time in Australia and I liked to attend horse races, in particular the most famous of them: the Melbourne Cup.
Every year, the spectators compete with daring creativity on their heads and for me unthinkable not to wear a creation of Arturo Rios!
Arturo is a Los Angeles designer, he creates for American stars (Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Rihanna ...) but also European Princesses and other celebrities.
His work is pure art, he always selects vintage materials, delicate and rare, and transcend them in amazing hats.
I’m fortunate to own 3 of his creations: Kate (red), Chanel (blue) and Faith (pink).
Arturo helped me pick the red and the blue one for the 2013 and 2015 Melbourne Cup. These fascinators gave me the opportunity to be officially photographed for the event and selected for the fashion competition.
Initially, I wanted to wear the blue hat at my wedding, but when I decided to do a solo wedding I refined my outfit.
I’ve had the pink fascinator a few months ago, I wore it for my sister’s wedding in Champagne (France).
What excitement to open the box arriving directly from Los Angeles. I was scared to take it out of the box because it seemed so delicate.
It's like that, it's my thing, I don’t know where it really comes from, except that I always like to stand out and I’m also attracted to beautiful things ...
What is certain is that with the creations of Arturo Rios, we never go unnoticed!!
Thank you, Arturo, you’re more than a hat designer, you’re a dream maker!
In September, I’m invited to a wedding in Paris. It will be an unforgettable moment and I need your help.
Tell me below or on social media, which of my 3 fascinators do you want me to wear: red, blue or pink?
Finally, a sexy song that everyone knows "You can leave your hat on", and no matter the circumstances, I will keep a fascinator on my head! 😉
I haven’t talked about my solo wedding for quite a while, so here is a new article about it, and a subject which will please girls!
If obviously the dress was my first concern, the shoes came immediately after.
I have a real addiction for shoes! I must have about 130 pairs of shoes from all brands: Louboutin, Marc Jacobs, Celine, Nicholas Kirkwood, Max Mara, Ralph Lauren, Stuart Weitzman, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Michael Kors, Kurt Geiger ...
In psychology we call it Cinderella syndrome, we don’t stop buying shoes because we haven’t found the one! Knowing that I married myself and that I no longer look for Prince Charming, I risk collecting shoes for a long time! Hahaha
And my friends know me well because they’ve given me very personal birthday cards:
I display my shoes as pieces of art because for me they are more than accessories to walk.
Depending on my mood and who I want to be for the day, I will choose a specific pair. Shoes give me confidence, they connect me to the ground and make me sexy when it's necessary. And to be a superwoman, as in my last article superwomen.html
we need great shoes and designers are not lacking in this area.
Sometimes I can spend a whole day wearing different models at home just for fun ... One of my little pleasures.
I even have some pairs that I’ve never worn but just to have them in my closet boosts my ego.
Moreover, Freud said that foot is the symbol of power for a woman.
Obviously, for my wedding I had to do very thorough research and surf hours and hours on the internet. I sifted all the designers: Oscar de la Renta, Ralph & Russo, Giuseppe Zanotti, Emmy London, Dolce & Gabbana, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, Roger Vivier, Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Sophia Webster, Tamara Mellon, Gucci, Nicholas Kirkwood, Jimmy Choo, Kurt Geiger London, Aquazurra, Freya Rose, and many more ...
I needed the perfect pair for my big day! And nothing better than my best man to accompany me to the Parisian shops.
Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Givenchy, Ferragamo, Louboutin ...
I don’t know how many pairs I’ve tried! But I really enjoyed it!
Finally, Cinderella smiled, she found the right one:
I couldn’t imagine a better pair than this one. A delicate fabric like my fragility, my favourite colour bright and feminine in the theme of my flowers, a stiletto heel very sexy but not too high to be able to perform the 3 choreographies of my evening.
And that red sole that all women cherish and that makes men blush.
In addition, I have the chance to buy them in the famous shop of Rue Saint Honoré in Paris, that's magical.
Being beautiful from head to toe, to start the first day of my new life and celebrate my rebirth. Good in my head and on my high heels!
Wear your favourite shoes, be confident and dance on this hit of 1966:
Some men believe they have a monopoly of the broken heart, and don’t hesitate to tell you that they have suffered so much in the past, that they are bulletproof, and no one can make them suffer again. How lucky they are!! Despite the countless times I’ve been dumped, I continue to suffer every time a guy breaks up with me. What is the secret of titanium heart, impenetrable metal to heartbreak, to love criticism, to solitary despair?
In fact, I believe that these men decided to stop loving, they closed their hearts. But again, how do they realise this sleight of hand? Should we have an unfailing motivation as we stop smoking? Or to repeat it every morning as a mantra, use hypnosis...We wake up one morning and we say it's decided I'll never love again.
Is it really a good thing not to love? For sure it’s easier to close oneself to others to avoid suffering again. However, I believe that life is nothing without love, feeling my heart beating, that's what makes me feel alive and enjoy life!
One of my favourite movies is Meet Joe Black, there's a passage that moved me, this is when Bill (Antony Hopkins) addresses his daughter Susan (Claire Forlani), the tirade says, " Love is passion, obsession... something you can't live without. I say, fall head over heels. Find someone you can love like crazy, that will love you the same way back. How do you find them, well...you forget your head and listen to your heart. 'cause the truth is Honey, there's no sense in living your life without this, to make the journey and not fall deeply in love, well... you haven't lived a life at all. But you have to try. Because if you haven't tried, you haven't lived."
I followed to his words to the letter, I tried a lot and therefore lived a lot! And too bad if my heart is broken. Being in love is worth all the happiness of the world ...
Unfortunately, there are consequences to this risk taking. I am the designer of my own catastrophe, to mention a quote I found recently.
When a man breaks my heart, first, I eat, or rather I stuff myself with food, with a preference for ice cream. No, it's not a myth, girls eat ice cream to console themselves. If it's not enough, it all depends on how attached I was to the man in question, I drink (responsibly of course).
Then, if I was in love and moving on is difficult and painful, I cut my hair!
Whenever I tell people that I had long hair in the past, nobody believes me. Well I missed luck in my life and many men disappointed me. It's been ten years now that I have a short haircut, many different styles and well, the shorter my hair is, sexier I am!
Let's see if it still applies, I'm back at Un Brin de Jenny in Reims and we're going to drastically shorten my hair.
I believe that each time I cut my hair, I also eliminate my sadness and disappointment. I get rid of these men/ millstones who pull me down and prevent me from rising.
It’s also a way to assert myself more and regain some androgynous (male?) confidence. A sexy woman with a man mind.
So, the more I am dumped, the more I cut my hair ... I must choose my next boyfriend carefully, because at this pace, I will soon be fully shaved! Something that will eventually happen in one way or another because I really want to see what I look like without hair, madness when you hold me!
Well, result in a moment.
“Every heartbreak makes it hard to keep the faith” (as Lady Gaga says in the song to follow), despite that I prefer my tender heart to titanium heart and it's a good excuse to change my hairstyle!
Spread love around you and love yourself, you are amazing!!
For 10 years, every important stage of my life I offer myself a ring, it's my 5th. I admit that this time, this ring represents a very unusual event of my life. You notice that I’m talking about a ring and not a wedding band. From my vision of sologamy, I wanted a ring that affirms my personality, not a band that would repel potential suitors.
Initially, I wanted a pearl, a diamond even a black diamond or a pink gem. These elements fit me pretty well, I like it when it's elegant with character.
I was looking for something really special and I found it in a shop that sells antique jewellery in Brisbane (Australia).
This is a cameo circa 1900 made in the United States, depicting a portrait of a woman, with yellow gold and a diamond.
I always wanted a cameo. It's historical, timeless, it's passed down from generation to generation. A miniature work of art, hand carved from a technique dating back to Ancient Egypt. Cameos were very popular in Rome and Ancient Greece, then during the Renaissance and the 19th Century. While France, England, the United States and Germany have produced many cameos, Italy remains unquestionably the major place. Moreover, the word Cameo comes from Italian meaning "to engrave", which would come from the ancient Arabic "khamea" for amulet.
Some of my friends like to call me Lady L. because of my good manners and elegance, so I wanted something that looks like me. When I saw this ring in the window it was obvious. A woman to celebrate another woman.
My previous acquisitions were modern, I wanted an antique to lead me to a better future thanks to its past vibes. I imagine that this ring belonged before to a woman with temperament and a very sure taste. I was therefore a legitimate heiress.
In addition, the colours and style of the ring went perfectly with my skin tone, my Renaissance style dress, my accessories and even the theme of the wedding.
I’ve decided to wear it on the left middle finger. Several years ago, when I bought my 3rd ring, I went to Chanel Joaillerie, Place Vendôme in Paris. The shop’s manager who looked after me, told me to avoid the ring finger to always give the chance to a new lover. I continue to follow her advice...
Finally, a ring made in the United States, bought in Australia for a ceremony in Greece. It seems that this lady likes to travel exactly like me!!
To conclude, my guests took place on this song, which already set the tone for the ceremony:
Superwoman - Alicia Keys
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When a woman feels depressed, she goes to the hairdresser. As if to see herself in the mirror with eyes puffed up by tears, dark circles of fatigue, dull complexion for lack of sun will give her a smile. To be honest we rather want to cry even more. I don’t understand why we see so much of our flaws in the hairdresser’s mirror. Do you have the same impression as me? The poor eyebrows, that huge black spot on the cheek that I had never seen before, and when did this deep wrinkle next to the right eye appear? And how many more white hair since the last time?? I'm sitting in this terrible chair because of course I'm depressed; winter is not my thing, the cold, the slippery sidewalks, the overheated shops. It's not for nothing that I lived in Queensland! During winter time, 7 degrees in the morning and it did not last more than two months. Anyway, I need a boost, an exciting thing to cheer me up, I like to be very sophisticated in the winter because with all these layers of clothing I find it hard to express myself. And since I do not work for the moment, I have the right to all the eccentricities. So today it will be a colour and a very special one: navy!
My hairdresser is Jenny from Un Brin de Jenny in Reims, France. She’s my hairdresser for almost a year now. She’s great, very professional and answers to all my current whims. For the technical part, she will apply a blue-black colour base all over the head, and a few blue highlights to boost everything and to give relief to my haircut.
First, bleaching, 2 precisely, my hair must be very white because as Jenny told me, if we mix blue with yellow, the result gives green! You obviously knew it. However today, I do not feel the soul of Shrek or Bob Razowski so I am blonde for a few minutes…
For sure now I will have to pay attention to what I wear, all the colours will not necessarily go, clothes and makeup, I will have to adapt. Better to avoid turning Gothic wearing too many dark colours for example. At the same time, I could be spotted for the musical The Addams Family! Small bracket, this show was terrific!
Finally, after 3h of care, I’m looking forward to seeing the result.
Magnificent!! Yes I’m shining, that’s why we go to the hairdresser. I feel good, a more sparkling me. I look very sophisticated, be careful gentlemen I'm going to use a horsewhip hahaha. Can’t wait to have reaction of people and your comments…
Message of the day: be true, be you, be colourful!
Song of the day: a beautiful old song, True colors by Cindy Lauper.